MLS clubs are arriving in Orlando ahead of the MLS is Back Tournament, which will get underway on July 8.
The San Jose Earthquakes were the first team to touch down in Florida and several more have since joined them. After FC Cincinnati landed on Monday, June 29, we’re up to 6 of 26 participating clubs that are on location at the Orlando hotel headquarters.
All teams are required to arrive in Orlando and begin health and safety protocols no later than seven days before their opening match in the tournament.
Be sure to check this page throughout the coming days for images and soundbites from each team’s arrival.
June 29: FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati arrived in Orlando on Monday, June 29, a day after in-state rivals Columbus, whom they will face in the tournament opener on July 11 (10:30ET on FS1, TUDN, TSN).
June 28: Columbus Crew SC & Minnesota United
It was the turn of Columbus and Minnesota to land in Orlando on Sunday, June 28.
June 27: FC Dallas
The FC Dallas delegation arrived on Saturday, June 27, wearing black-and-white t-shirts with the words “History must not repeat itself” and the Black Lives Matter hashtag #BLM.
The first group match for FC Dallas falls on Thursday, July 9 against Vancouver (10:30 pm ET on TUDN & Twitter in USA; TSN in Canada).
June 25: Orlando City SC
After one last morning training session at their own facility, Orlando made the short journey to Walt Disney World on Thursday, June 25:
— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) June 25, 2020
June 24: San Jose Earthquakes
The Earthquakes were the first MLS team to arrive in Orlando on Wednesday, June 24:
Before embarking on the trip to Florida, San Jose coach Matias Almeyda made it clear that the club prioritized getting in early since they weren’t able to conduct full-team training in their home market:
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) June 24, 2020
Health & Safety Protocol
Before, during and after each team’s arrival, health and safety is at the forefront of considerations.
Prior to traveling to Orlando, all essential members of a club delegation are required to undergo two Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests 24 hours apart. Upon arrival in Florida, all individuals will immediately receive an additional PCR test and players may only begin training and staff may begin working upon receipt of a negative result from the first PCR test in Orlando.
The testing doesn’t end there. During an individual’s first two weeks in Orlando, that person will be tested every other day. After those first 14 days, players, coaches and PRO staff will be tested regularly, including the day before each matchday.